Bidding for the PSA 9 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle at Heritage Auctions is now at $2.2 million, including the buyer’s premium. It’s one of six at that level on PSA’s Population Report (there are three 10s).
The pre-sale auction estimate was $3.5 million. Bidding continues through April 19.
In all, there are 7 ’52 Mantle cards in the auction.
There’s also a PSA 5 being auctioned on eBay right now.
Sam Snead’s 1954 Masters Trophy sold for $333,601 early Sunday through Green Jacket Auctions. The ’54 tournament was Snead’s third Masters championship, one he famously captured by one shot after an 18-hole playoff with Ben Hogan.
Only a few Masters trophies have ever been sold at public auction, topped by the $444,012 sale of one presented to Arnold Palmer two years ago. The sterling silver trophy is 13.5″ wide and 6.5″ tall, and weighs 20 pounds.
Among the other lots was a newly discovered copy of the first Masters tournament program, issued in 1934, which sold for $10,742.
Not all valuable golf memorabilia is decades old, though. The Nike golf ball Tiger Woods’ caddie Steve Williams tossed into the crowd after his 2005 Masters win sold for $30,326. It was Tiger’s last Masters win.
In all the auction generated nearly $1 million.
If you’re anywhere near Denver over the next few months, you might want to plan a stop at the History Colorado Center and catch a special baseball exhibit that opened over the weekend. Dozens of items from long-time collector Marshall Fogel are on display.
Fogel’s collection is one of the best ever assembled outside the Baseball Hall of Fame and the exhibit includes about 160 of them inside a 3,000-square-foot temporary space.
You can get details here.